Regional centres well placed for ongoing development

 

Regional centres well placed for ongoing development

The Regional Australia Institute has released a report on competitive advantages in Western Australia’s regional centres titled Cities Beyond Perth: Best bets for growth in a new economic environment.
 
Funded by the Department of Regional Development, this comprehensive report explores industry profiles, emerging opportunities and key challenges for 12 regional centres.
 
These centres are classified into the following four development pathways:
· Old towns with city-sized opportunities (Albany, Bunbury, Busselton and Geraldton)
· Places growing through connected lifestyles (Mandurah and the Avon city concept)
· Areas well-positioned to access the new global markets (Broome, Carnarvon and Kununurra)
· Boom towns in transition (Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Karratha City and Port Hedland).
 
The report also considers shared challenges across the regions including human capital development, leadership capacity, Aboriginal participation and land access, as well as the development of collaborative networks between centres with similar strengths.
 
Results from the report will inform the development of programs and policies designed to facilitate economic growth and sustainable development in regional centres.
 
Regional Australia Institute will release two additional DRD-funded reports in coming months. These reports look at the current and potential future availability of remote working opportunities in regional Western Australia, and consider access to finance for regional businesses.

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